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AFW Panel: Pathways to Leadership for Career-Track Faculty

March 3, 2023 @ 9:00 am - 10:00 am

Join AFW for a virtual panel of women faculty discussing academic and administrative leadership pathways and opportunities for career-track faculty at WSU. This virtual panel is open to the full WSU community.

Facilitator: Caitlin Bletscher


  • Samantha Gizerian, Associate Dean for Undergraduate Education, College of Veterinary Medicine, WSU Pullman
  • Kate McAteer, Vice Chancellor for Academic and Student Affairs, WSU Tri-Cities
  • Radha Nandagopal, Associate Dean for Faculty Development and Continuing Education, College of Medicine, WSU Spokane
  • Dee Posey, Associate Chair for Undergraduate Education, Department of Psychology, WSU Pullman
  • Jenni SandstromAssociate Academic Director for the Carson College of Business, Hospitality Business Management, WSU Vancouver 

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Panelist bios:

Kate McAteer: As chief academic officer and Vice Chancellor of the most diverse campus in the WSU system, Kate’s priorities are to foster an inclusive and welcoming environment for students, faculty and staff, and to promote a campus culture that promotes collective and personal achievement. She provides executive leadership as a member of the Chancellor’s cabinet in the overall campus planning, organization and development, and serves as the principal advisor to the Chancellor in academic matters. Kate is the campus lead affiliate for Excelencia in Education, whose mission is to intentionally serve Latino students, while serving all, to transform higher education and bring more Latino talent into our civic leadership and workforce. As Vice Chancellor for academic and student affairs, Kate is building career-connected learning experiences that prepare students to work in a diverse democratic and global society. Her work with Career Connect Washington, K-12, partnerships with community colleges and service on the Benton Franklin workforce development board, all contribute to the goal of aligning pathways for traditional and non-traditional students to provide a skilled workforce for the Mid-Columbia region. Kate is an Associate Professor in the School of Biological Sciences. She is PI of two TRIO grants, a STEM transfer partnership award, and a Career Connect Washington grant. She was awarded the College of Arts and Science Outstanding Career Achievement for career track faculty in 2021 and the President’s Distinguished Teaching Award for Non-Tenure Track Faculty 2015.

Samantha Gizerian: Samantha Gizerian is the Associate Dean for Undergraduate Education in the College of Veterinary Medicine at Washington State University and Associate Professor and Associate Director for Undergraduate Studies in the Program in Neuroscience and Department of Integrative Physiology and Neuroscience. Her primary faculty role is in instruction, and she also serves as the academic advisor for more than 100 Neuroscience students per year. Dr. Gizerian received her BS in Biology from the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) and her PhD in Neurobiology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Her research interests include the scholarship of academic advising, program assessment, developing STEM pedagogy, and building diversity, equity, and inclusion in STEM fields. She is also a co-Principal Investigator on two NIH-funded training programs supporting diverse undergraduates pursuing a career in biomedicine, WSU-MARC (Maximizing Access to Research Careers) and ESTEEMED-MIRA (Enhancing Science, Technology, EnginEering, and Math Educational Diversity-Motivating Innovation and Research Achievement).

Dee Posey: Dee Posey is a professor (Career Track) in Psychology. She began working at WSU-Tri-Cities in 2006 and transferred to WSU-Pullman in 2013. For the last eight years, Dee has held several leadership roles in the department, including as Undergraduate Program Director and Associate Chair for Undergraduate Education. Her primary responsibilities have included policy and procedure development related to the department’s undergraduate program, curriculum oversight, course scheduling, program assessment, and other related activities. Dee’s service has included chairing the Academic Integrity Hearing Board and the Grade Appeals Board.

Jenni Sandstrom: Dr. Jenni Sandstrom is a Scholarly Associate Professor in the School of Hospitality Business Management, Carson College of Business, WSU Vancouver. Jenni works to bring her 25 years of hotel experience and relationships with industry professionals into the classroom and her research. Jenni teaches Intro to Business for all Vancouver CCB majors and several upper-division hospitality classes on multiple campuses. Jenni was recently appointed as the Tod and Maxine McClaskey Endowed Chair for Hospitality Business Management, the first-ever endowed chair position at WSU Vancouver. Jenni’s service commitment has involved work at the university, college, and department levels. Jenni has served as the CCB Undergraduate Programs and Policy Committee Chair since 2019. In August 2021, Jenni accepted an appointment as Associate Academic Director for the CCB at WSU Vancouver. Her research focuses on general manager leadership, company culture, and hospitality education. Jenni’s research has appeared in the International Journal of Hospitality Management, Cornell Hospitality Quarterly, the Journal of Sustainable Tourism, the Journal of Hospitality & Tourism Cases, and the Journal of Hospitality & Tourism Research. Jenni earned her Ph.D. in Hospitality and Tourism from Washington State University, her MBA from the University of Portland, and her BA in Communication from the University of Washington.

Radha Nandagopal: Radha Nandagopal, MD is the Associate Dean for Faculty Development and Continuing Education at the Washington State University Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine. The CME program is now under her leadership as of November 2022. She is a pediatric endocrinologist practicing in Spokane, WA and associate professor in the Department of Medical Education and Clinical Sciences. She has been involved in the College of Medicine since its inception in 2015, chairs the MD Admissions Committee and has served as the Clinical Education Director for Clinical Skills. She has three kids, 2 dogs, one spouse, and loves crocheting, gardening, and weaving!


March 3, 2023
9:00 am - 10:00 am